Recession and Holidaying

“Even as we dig ourselves out of this recession, we must also recognize that out of this crisis comes an opportunity to create new jobs, strengthen our middle class, and keep our economy competitive in the 21st century.”-US President Barack Obama

These days, there seems to be a pattern of everybody canceling their much planned vacations. The miasma seems to be taking everybody into its grip. Not only are the people in the USA and UK canceling their trips, the Indian junta also seems to have caught the ‘holiday canceling’ virus. I wonder whether the real culprit is economic recession or mental recession.

It’s true that the economy has been on a down swing for sometime now. The US is officially declared to be in recession, and Europe is also heading towards the same. We all are feeling the tremors in India as well. The stock markets all over have come crashing down, with billions lost in the volatile market. Worse still, nobody quite knows for sure when the world economy will come out of this negative spell.

In spite of all this, I fail to understand one thing- How is taking a planned vacation and spending time with your family and friends affected by this?

As far as my understanding goes or what I have been able to perceive after reading the newspapers, talking with friends, reading articles, everybody is in a tight hold of ‘uncertainty’. With companies laying off their employees to cut down costs, no one is sure whether they will still be welcomed in their office premises the next day after their much needed break..

It’s not the case where deadlines are not being met or the performance is not satisfactory. Everybody is convinced that they are the prime target of a lay off if they are away from office, relaxing on a beach or on a trek in the hills.

Taking inspiration from the quote by newly elected US president Barack Obama, I am of the opinion that this economic slowdown is the time for the leaders to show their efficiency and boost the confidence of the employees. A true mentor is one who can calm all the fears of his protégé. This is the time when actual qualities of managers will be on display. A good manager will be able to lay out all the facts on the table clearly and explain that no company decision can be made at the expense of spending time with the family.

In my opinion, rather than remaining in stressful situations, it is better to move towards a relaxing environment which can give you time to think clearly, chalk out your future course of action, and unwind you completely to face challenges again. Trust your abilities and have confidence in your organization. Go take a vacation, spend time with your loved ones and rejuvenate yourself. But don’t forget to leave your job worries behind at home.

Shikha Tandon

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